Matthew Vollmer Selected for Best American Essays

BAE 20132We’re pleased to announce that Matthew Vollmer’s “Keeper of the Flame” from NER 33.1 was selected for Best American Essays 2013. This year’s guest editor is Cheryl Strayed, and the series editor is Robert Atwan. The anthology will be out next fall from Houghton Mifflin.

Vollmer contributed a short piece to our NER Digital series last fall, entitled Epitaph IX, which is included in his book Inscriptions for Headstones.He is the author of Future Missionaries of America, a collection of stories and co-editor, with David Shields, of Fakes: An Anthology of Psuedo-Interviews, Faux Lectures, Quasi-Letters, “Found” Texts, and Other Fraudulent Artifacts.

Michael Cohen Selected for Best American Essays 2012

Michael Cohen’s “A Fountain Pen of Good Repute” (31.4) was selected as a notable essay in Best American Essays 2012, edited by New York Times columnist and best-selling author David Brooks, with series editor Robert Atwan.

Authors whose works are included in the collection include Marcia Angell, Miah Arnold, Mark Doty (32.1), Joseph Epstein, Malcolm Gladwell, Francine Prose, Lauren Slater, Sandra Tsing Loh, and others.

Read Cohen’s NER sketch The King in Winter.